Whenever one hears the words “comic convention”, either San Diego Comic Con or Wonder Con instantly spring to mind. In the last 10 years, San Diego Comic Con has become the undisputed king of comic conventions, with its vast exhibit hall and hundreds of presenters, including the likes of Lucasfilm, Marvel, DC and many other heavy hitters. While San Diego Comic Con and its sister-conventions dominate the news, there are many other comic conventions that occur around the country that also bring in large crowds.

One of these conventions is the rather new Comic Con Revolution held in the city of Ontario, California. This convention was The Inland Empire’s first full scale comic com and was a massive success, attended by over 5,400 unique individuals.

Co-Founder, Gabe Fieramosco had this to say,

“We wanted to create something special for Ontario and the entire Inland Empire to call their own, we can’t thank them, as well as our exhibitors and guests, enough for the support they showed us. Long live the 909! Can’t wait to see you all again next year.“

comic con rev 4Despite being a large convention, Comic Con Revolution was able to maintain a small and intimate feel. In many ways, it’s like San Diego Comic Con before it became all about pop culture and movies. Comic Con Revolution was firmly centered on comics and comics creation, playing host to dozens of comic writers and artists, and it was refreshing to see many of the artists and writers talking with fans and would be creators. The con also featured many sessions that were dedicated to helping new artists and writers get into the world of comic creating.

There were also fun panels, such as “The Arkham Sessions” hosted by Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Brian Ward,  a presentation of their podcast dedicated to the observation and clinical analysis of the characters in Batman: The Animated Series. It was a fun panel that allowed uber fans to chat about Batman and the many disorders he encounters in Gotham.

The exhibit hall was very large and played host to over 100 different exhibitors. These ranged from collectible comics and toys to books and artwork. What I liked about it was that many of the products were items that are not the easiest to find elsewhere, and the exhibitors were very friendly and more than willing to strike a deal with you to sell items. For example, I got to chatting with a vendor with whom I was very interested in buying one of his graphic novels. He saw how interested I was, so he offered me three graphic novels and a comic for $20 dollars. I ended up walking away having saved $15 dollars!

Overall, I had a very positive experience at Comic Con Revolution. If you are in the area, I would highly recommend attending next year as it felt like I was around old friends I was meeting for the first time. If you want the small intimate feel of a comic book store in a larger, San Diego Comic Con-like setting, then Comic Con Revolution is the place for you!

Comic Con Revolution will return to Ontario California on May 19 & 20, 2018. For more info and registration, visit their website.

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